IJF News - 17 July, 2016

Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 - Russia


Japanese women go unbeaten while hosts and Sweden among the day two winners   


Women: -70kg  -78kg  +78kg 

Men: -81kg | -90kg | -100kg | +100kg 


The Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 concluded on Sunday with the heavyweight judoka as all focus immediately switched to Rio 2016 with 19 days to go until the Olympic Games. 


Japan ran away with the medal table with a 15-strong team and not one of them are part of their Rio 2016 team but rather Tokyo 2020 hopes. Their seven-strong women’s team won all seven gold medals available while their male counterparts won two gold medals. Russia, as hosts, were able to enter four judoka in each weight category as they entered a full team of 56 judoka and finished second with a medal haul of three gold medals, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals. 


The build-up and anticipation for Rio 2016 has reached fever pitch as judoka are dominating the international and national press coverage with 389 judoka from 136 nations set to illuminate the Carioca Arena 2 from 6 – 12 August.


Three delegations will have a full team in Rio as Japan and France have qualified a full complement of 14 judoka (7 men, 7 women) while hosts Brazil have filled their home quota allocation as hosts. The booming Olympic and Paralympic sport has been present 14 times at the Olympic Games since its debut in 1964 and 51 countries have won medals on the Olympic tatami.


Judo ready for Rio 2016 Olympics


The IJF counts numerous Olympic champions and medallists among its staff and those in Tyumen were able to recall their own Olympic experiences before casting their eye forwards to Rio 2016 and the first Olympics in South America.



Mr. Neil ADAMS, IJF Hall of Famer and double Olympic silver medallist, said: “Every Olympic Games is different, each one was a totally unique experience for me. There is nothing more terrifying than competing at an Olympics. It’s a totally different event to the point where I say athletes have ‘Olympic tunnel syndrome’. I liken it to a child fighting for the first time and trying to pass a grading as the scale of the event is beyond anything they have experienced.


“As for Rio 2016, I believe we can expect a carnival atmosphere with it being the first Games in Brazil and judo being one of their strongest sports. I can’t wait to see everyone at the Olympic Games.”


Mr. KAWAGUCHI Takao, IJF Referee Commissioner and 1972 Olympic champion, said: “I will never forget the atmosphere on the day I became Olympic champion. Now there is an IJF World Judo Tour and a great number of events around the world but back then there was no circuit. I did the World Championships in 1971 (gold) and that was my main international experience before the Olympics.


“I fought on day five and there was a lot of pressure on me as our heavyweight and light heavyweight were unable to win. I injured my ribs in one of my early contests but I never thought to give up, this would never be my mind-set. I saw the Olympics as a special experience, I was mentally strong and I thought I would only be there once in my life.


“I think the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be very special and anything can happen there. I am sure there will be many surprises and it will be an incredible event.”


Mr. HOSOKAWA Shinji, IJF Education and Coaching Commission member and 1984 Olympic champion, said: “For me, the feeling when I won the Olympics was one of relief. I felt so much pressure, I was afraid to compete, so to finally win was special. I only started judo when I was 12 years old in high school and at Tenri where my professors said ‘Shinji, you can go the Olympics’. When I was 16 I started to believe it myself.”


Looking towards Rio, HOSOKAWA, who also won bronze at the Seoul 1988 Olympics Games, said: “Judo has developed enormously since I was a competitor and many, many countries are winning medals at top events. I think Japan can do well and it is especially important for the Japanese team because they won only one gold medal at London 2012 and the next Olympics after Rio will be in Tokyo in 2020.”


Mr. Armen BAGDASAROV, IJF Sports Director and Atlanta 1996 Olympic silver medallist, said: “When I won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic medal I could not begin to understand the reality of it. When I won the semi-final it felt like a dream for me. I said to my coach he has to pinch me to wake me up from this dream.


“As we are so close to the first Olympic Games in Rio, I am so proud and happy with the progress of our sport. Judo is very popular in Brazil and together with our partners and supporters we can show our great sport to the world with a great event in Brazil.”



Sao Paulo’s Mr. Edison MINAKAWA (above - refereeing the -70kg final in Tyumen) will take charge at this home Olympics


One of the world’s elite referees, Edison MINAKAWA from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is counting down the days until he is on the centre of the tatami to officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


MINAKAWA said: “To be in my home and to referee at my second Olympics gives me many emotions. The Brazilian people are very passionate and very proud and we saw that when Rio de Janeiro hosted the World Judo Championships in 2007 and 2013. Judo will be centre of the world for seven days and I cannot wait.”   


Full Tyumen Grand Slam 2016 results: http://www.ippon.org/gs_rus2016.php



-70kg: Faultless ARAI celebrates Grand Slam hat-trick   

Former World Judo Masters bronze medallist ARAI Chizuru (JPN) won the third Grand Slam gold medal of her career with a typically convincing display on Saturday as she defeated Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Valentina MALTSEVA (RUS) in the -70kg final. ARAI took the lead with a yuko before trapping her overmatched opponent with a yoko-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. The 22-year-old ARAI could not usurp Tyumen Grand Slam winner TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) in the battle for a place at Rio 2016 but could be considered the early favourite Tokyo 2020.    



The first bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix winner Elvismar RODRIGUEZ (VEN) as she beat former Astana Grand Prix silver medallist Anna BERNHOLM (SWE) who was making her -70kg debut having moved up from -63kg. RODRIGUEZ has been a revelation in the latter stage of this Olympic cycle and became her country’s first Grand Slam medallist on shido penalties with two being given against the Swede and one against the former. The second bronze medal contest featured 18-year-old Aleksandra SAMARDZIC (BIH) who disposed of African Championships bronze medallist Antonia MOREIRA (ANG) with aplomb. SAMARDZIC trailed to a yuko which her Angolan opponent scored with a right-sided ouchi-gari yuko before firing back with a waza-ari. The teenager was not done there as she threw her African opponent for the maximum score with a sweep on the edge of the tatami.  


MALTSEVA, Valentina (RUS) vs ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Bronze Medal Fights

RODRIGUEZ, Elvismar (VEN) vs BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                     
SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH) vs MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                              



Final Results

1. ARAI, Chizuru (JPN)                                                       
2. MALTSEVA, Valentina (RUS)    
3. RODRIGUEZ, Elvismar (VEN)                                                     
3. SAMARDZIC, Aleksandra (BIH)     
5. BERNHOLM, Anna (SWE)                                               
5. MOREIRA, Antonia (ANG)                                                                         
7. KRIUKOVA, Iana (RUS)                                
7. KOVALENKO, Tatiana (RUS)                                              

-78kg: Grand Slam debutant TAKAYAMA seizes her chance for Japan         

Asian Championships silver medallist TAKAYAMA Rika (JPN) defeated Junior World Championships silver medallist Klara APOTEKAR (SLO)  - the younger sister of former world silver medallist Anamari VELENSEK – with a routine win to capture -78kg gold. The Japanese youngster held down her Slovenian opponent with a tate-shiho-gatame for 14 seconds and yuko score as APOTEKAR had enough about her to escape the hold. TAKAYAMA tried to return to the same position but then instead adjusted to a juji-gatame and APOTEKAR had to tap out. 



The first bronze medal was claimed by former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) who saw off Brigita MATIC (CRO) on shidos. DMITRIEVA, who narrowly failed to qualify for Rio 2016, took the bronze medal as she was penalised once in the scoreless contest while MATIC was penalised twice with the latter coming for stepping out in the closing seconds. The second bronze medal contest featured Orenburg European Cup winner Aleksandra BABINTCEVA (RUS) against little-known youngster Antonina SHMELEVA (RUS). BABINTCEVA, who shocked top seed Natalie POWELL (GBR) in their opening contest with a juji-gatame for ippon, threw SHMELEVA with a powerful harai-goshi for ippon.                  


TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN) vs APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Bronze Medal Fights

DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS) vs MATIC, Brigita (CRO)                              
BABINTCEVA, Aleksandra (RUS) vs SHMELEVA, Antonina (RUS)                           



Final Results

1. TAKAYAMA, Rika (JPN)  
2. APOTEKAR, Klara (SLO)                                                                                            
3. DMITRIEVA, Anastasiya (RUS)                                    
3. BABINTCEVA, Aleksandra (RUS)                                
5. MATIC, Brigita (CRO)                                
5. SHMELEVA, Antonina (RUS)                                                        
7. POWELL, Natalie (GBR)                                 
7. DAVTYAN, Dzhuletta (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                         


+78kg: INAMORI inches closer to being Japan’s number one 

Tokyo Grand Slam winner INAMORI Nami (JPN) maintained the Japanese women’s perfect record in Tyumen as they all seven female gold medals. Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU (TUN) fell behind to a waza-ari after 28 seconds and cut the deficit with a yuko but the result was never in doubt and INAMORI held firm. Six-time African champion will be seeded for the Olympics and will see today’s outing as a very worthwhile exercise as she aims to shock the world in Brazil where she will be one of her continent and country’s biggest hopes. 



The first bronze medal was claimed by in-form World Judo Masters bronze medallist Larisa CERIC (BIH) who edged out former Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sandra JABLONSKYTE (LTU) on shido penalties. JABLONSKYTE was penalised three times while CERIC was only penalised twice as the Bosnia and Herzegovina fighter was the brighter of the judo as she looked for a koshi-jime strangle but could not secure the position. The second bronze medal contest was won by former Madrid European Open bronze medallist Nataly SOKOLOVA (RUS) who held down Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna SLUTSKAYA (BLR) with a mune-gatame for her second and match-winning waza-ari.                                                 



INAMORI, Nami (JPN) vs CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                                                                                                        

Bronze Medal Fights
CERIC, Larisa (BIH) vs JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)                                
SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR) vs SOKOLOVA, Nataly (RUS)                                                                                                                                                                                                               




Final Results

1. INAMORI, Nami (JPN)                                         
2. CHEIKH ROUHOU, Nihel (TUN)                                           
3. CERIC, Larisa (BIH)                                     
3. SOKOLOVA, Nataly (RUS)                                                           
5. JABLONSKYTE, Sandra (LTU)                                                                                           
5. SLUTSKAYA, Maryna (BLR)   
7. KARPOVA, Daria (RUS)                                    
7. SHEREMETOVA, Ekaterina (RUS)                                                                                                                 



-81kg: Russia oust Japan in a final at the seventh attempt    

Casablanca African Open silver medallist Aslan LAPPINAGOV (RUS) was the hero for Russia as he inflicted the first defeat for Japan in the event’s fascinating series of finals between the hosts and Japan. Jeju Grand Prix winner SATO Seidai (JPN) opposed LAPPINAGOV (RUS) as both men were contesting their first Grand Slam final. Russia lost all six head-to-heads with Japan in gold medal contests on Saturday but a last-gasp LAPPINAGOV attack send SATO over for a yuko as he could not climb off the buzzer-beating uchi-mata.  

The first bronze medal was clinched by Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) as former world bronze medallist Ivan VOROBEV (RUS) was penalised four times in a contest which failed to excite. The second bronze medal was won by Oberwart European Open bronze medallist Stanislav SEMENOV (RUS) who bested former World Judo Masters bronze medallist UNGVARI Attila (HUN). The Hungarian had to go off the mat to have fresh applied to cover his right ear and a cut above his right eye due to inadvertent clashes in the previous rounds. SEMENOV cleverly teased a sankaku-gatame hold but changed his position to capture the loose right arm of the Hungarian and pulled back as the submission came from a juji-gatame. 


SATO, Seidai (JPN) vs LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                                                                                                                                                   

Bronze Medal Fights

VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS) vs KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                
UNGVARI, Attila (HUN) vs SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                 



Final Results

1. LAPPINAGOV, Aslan (RUS)                                          
2. SATO, Seidai (JPN)                                                       
3. KHUBETSOV, Alan (RUS)                                  
3. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)                                         
5. VOROBEV, Ivan (RUS)                                      
5. UNGVARI, Attila (HUN)                      
7. LUCENTI, Emmanuel (ARG)   
7. PACEK, Robin (SWE)                                                                                                                 

-90kg: Olympic seed NYMAN gears up Rio 2016 with Tyumen gold    

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marcus NYMAN (SWE) gave another superb account of himself on the IJF World Judo Tour as he bested World Judo Masters silver medallist Khusen KHALMURZAEV (RUS) in the -90kg final. Former European champion NYMAN, 25, a ne-waza specialist, trapped his opponent KHALMURZAEV with a sankaku-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. KHALMURZAEV will now invest his time in supporting his twin brother Khasan KHALMURZAEV who will fight for Russia in the -81kg category at the Olympic Games. Khusen KHALMURZAEV missed out on Rio as four-time world medallist Kirill DENISOV (RUS) was selected by the Russian management. 



The first bronze medal was won by Magomed MAGOMEDOV (RUS) as former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Alexander GRIGOREV (RUS) was penalised four times compared to the two indiscretions of his teammate in a lacklustre contest. The second bronze medal was captured by Qingdao Grand Prix winner NAGASAWA Kenta (JPN) who threw Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Firudin DADASHOV (AZE) with osoto-gari and then uchi-mata and scored a yuko with each attack. NAGASAWA sealed the victory by holding down the Azeri who was powerless under the pressure of the Japanese in the mune-gatame hold.                               


NYMAN, Marcus (SWE) vs KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)                  


Bronze Medal Fights

GRIGOREV, Alexander (RUS) vs MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                     
NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN) vs DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)                              



Final Results

1. NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)  
2. KHALMURZAEV, Khusen (RUS)                                              
3. MAGOMEDOV, Magomed (RUS)                                                                
3. NAGASAWA, Kenta (JPN)   
5. GRIGOREV, Alexander (RUS)                          
5. DADASHOV, Firudin (AZE)                                                                                   
7. MARMELJUK, Aleksandr (EST)              
7. ZHAMBEKOV, Said Emi (RUS)                                                                                                                                                     


-100kg: Pole position for PACEK who is all set for Rio 2016                     

World Judo Masters bronze medallist Martin PACEK (SWE) has earned a reputation for being an awkward fighter with a style that frustrates his opponents. His results speak for themselves and the Swedish fighter, who will be seeded for the Olympics, showed a wide range of techniques in the final against former Baku Grand Slam winner Adlan BISULTANOV (RUS). The leggy PACEK went ahead with a yuko from a reaching ouchi-gari and then held down his Russian opponent with a kuzure-tate-shiho-gatame in an alarmingly straight forward win for the former. 



The first bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Niiaz BILALOV (RUS) who defeated former Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix bronze medallist Benjamin FLETCHER (GBR). A committed uchi-mata from the Russian settled the contest as BILALOV won his first Grand Slam medal while FLETCHER still achieved his best result at a Grand Slam and has plenty of footage to analyse and areas to work on before making his Olympic debut (by way of a continental quota sport) at Rio 2016. The second bronze was won by 2015 Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Kazbek ZANKISHIEV (RUS) who repeated as Madrid European Open bronze medallist Jalil SHUKUROV (AZE) received four penalties and hansoku-make in a toothless performance. 



PACEK, Martin (SWE) vs BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                                                                                              

Bronze Medal Fights

BILALOV, Niiaz (RUS) vs FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)    
SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE) vs ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)       



Final Result

1. PACEK, Martin (SWE)                                                              
2. BISULTANOV, Adlan (RUS)                                              
3. BILALOV, Niiaz (RUS)            
3. ZANKISHIEV, Kazbek (RUS)                                                                                       
5. FLETCHER, Benjamin (GBR)                             
5. SHUKUROV, Jalil (AZE)         
7. ISHIMOV, Oleg (RUS)               
7. TACHII, Denis (MDA)                                                                                                                                                                                                         

+100kg: VOLKOV delights the home crowd in the last final in Tyumen               

Junior World Championships bronze medallist OGAWA Yusei (JPN) – the son of ‘Captain Hustle’ OGAWA Naoya, Barcelona 1992 Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion – had to settle for silver on his Grand Slam debut as two-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Andrey VOLKOV (RUS) won his first Grand Slam gold medal to send the crowd home happy. VOLKOV wasted little time as he sent OGAWA over for a waza-ari score and secured the osaekomi for 15 seconds and the Japanese succumb to the yoko-shiho-gatame. 



The first bronze medal was won by former Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Anton BRACHEV (RUS) who conquered Soslan BOSTANOV (RUS) by a yuko which was the only score in the contest. The second and last bronze medal fight of the tournament opposed two-time All Japan Openweight Championships winner OJITANI Takeshi (JPN) who used his bulk to pin down Wroclaw Junior European Cup silver medallist Nodar MACHUTADZE (UKR) with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.                             


OGAWA, Yusei (JPN) vs VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)          


Bronze Medal Fights

BRACHEV, Anton (RUS) vs BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)                    
OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN) vs MACHUTADZE, Nodar (UKR)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Final Result

1. VOLKOV, Andrey (RUS)       
2. OGAWA, Yusei (JPN)                                       
3. BRACHEV, Anton (RUS)                                                              
3. OJITANI, Takeshi (JPN)                                                              
5. BOSTANOV, Soslan (RUS)                            
5. MACHUTADZE, Nodar (UKR)                                
7. KRIVOBOKOV, Anton (RUS)                
7. ZVIERIEV, Sergii (UKR)                                                                                                                              

IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager  

Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director  

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